Sunday, 24 March 2013

Sail, search and sandwiches!

As they say in lots of places, if you don't like the weather just wait a while and it'll change. Yesterday was bitterly cold and blowing a gale, but today has been gorgeous.

I met my friend down at Märta early on to go out for a sail out the south mouth. We had no particular destination in mind, just try out a few changes we'd made to the rigging and enjoy the day.

Her we are just heading south from the marina past the freight boat Helliar...


It was nice with an easterly breeze on the beam and not too much swell...


Coming upon the Ness of Sound...


But then we came into the path of the easterly swell that been running all week and playing havoc with the ferries. It got up to around 3m and with only a short period it got a bit bouncy with the foredeck getting a good wash, as did we at one point. After a while we decided we'd had our morning's fun and turned back north heading for the marina and a cuppa...


After packing away it was off to Sanick to search for Clare, Beren and our friends who had gone for a walk over to The Broch of Burland.

Passing Sandsayre Pier at Leebitten I stopped for a quick look at the seals hauled out enjoying the sun...


A short walk over the hill and I found them at the Broch of Burland...


 Looking from The Broch of Burland to Mousa Broch across the sound...


Beren and his friend enjoyed exploring the area and the broch, possibly in more detail than most! Here's Beren just emerging from his belly crawl inside half the broch, which included a slither over otter spraint by the smell of him...


After some mooching in the nearby geos and an old farm stead it was up over the hill and back to Sanick...


And down the other side, running jumping and rolling...


After a small breakfast at 7.30am and nothing else but a few cups of tea I was 'black fainting' and ready for the short drive to Bigton Hall for a lovely Sunday tea with a plate of sandwiches, home made mushroom soups and as many fancies as I could get down my throat!

I'll sleep tonight, if not before...

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